In recent remarks, Pochettino gave no doubt that he wants to return to the Premier League as a coach, saying:
“To be honest, I would love to work in the Premier League. It’s going to be difficult, I know, and for now it’s a moment to wait and we’ll see what happens.
“It’s a moment of recovery, to think about yourself a little bit, and to be ready because in football always something can happen and you need to be ready.
“I’m ready and waiting for a new challenge. I have the belief and confidence that the next challenge will be fantastic.”
He reportedly wanted the United manager’s role following José Mourinho’s dismissal in December 2018 but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer presided over 14 wins from 19 as caretaker to be handed the permanent job.
Rumors and fan speculation of Solskjaer’s dismissal have been going on since the start of the season and last night’s report of who Pochettino was watching a match with only fueled the “Ole out” rumors.
The Sun broke the story last night that Pochettino was spotted attending the Brentford vs Leeds match with Ed Woodward’s new PR Advisor Neil Ashton, naturally sparking wild speculation on social media.
According to the Sun, Ashton was at the game as a guest of Brentford and was not there in a professional capacity.
Pochettino, who was accompanied by assistant Jesus Perez at Griffin Park, is close friends with Leeds boss and countryman Marcelo Bielsa.
Ashton was also spotted talking to former Newcastle and Brighton boss Chris Hughton as the pair made their way to their seats for the start of the game, so who knows, maybe Hughton will be the next United manager as well.
It appears that the chance meet up was just that; a perfectly timed photo opportunity. Once the match started Ashton and Pochettino were in completely opposite sections of the stands.